By Sadie Hunter
Announced Sept. 20, two new faces will grace the staff of the Hamilton County Soil and Water Conservation District.
Cara Culp and Andrew Fritz were hired to fill the newly formed part-time Urban Agriculture positions of Program Outreach Specialist and Conservationist.
The positions were made possible thanks to a National Association of Conservation District (NACD) grant to add an urban agriculture component to the district’s urban conservation program.
Culp formerly worked as the public affairs manager for the City of Noblesville for more than 12 years. She will now work as an outreach associate connecting community gardens and promoting the donation of excess yield to food pantries in Hamiton County. Culp and her husband, Aaron, are both graduates of Noblesville High School.
Fritz serves as the founder and director of The Gleaning Garden, a community garden in Carmel that grows and donates organic produce to local food pantries. Fritz also is a former landscape architect and GIS analyst with an emphasis in natural resources and environmental management. In his new role, he will provide on-site technical assistance in home and community garden creation.
Culp and Fritz began their positions Sept. 19.